Programs and Problems in Rehabilitation of the High Risk Driver

Report No: 72-R9

Published in 1972

About the report:

Currently the sanctions applicable to traffic violations emphasize a punitive approach, premised on the assumption that the violation is the result of deliberate risk taking or, at the least, avoidable carelessness, for which punishment will serve as a deterrent to repetitions. This characterization of the traffic offender tends to ignore the complex nature of the psychomotor process called driving. The purpose of this study was to explore alternatives to the punitive approach with an eye to rehabilitating the driver rather than punishing him. Various alternatives examined included prediction of driving behavior, administrative warning letters, driver improvement interviews, driver reeducation, group driver improvement discussion sessions, behavior modification techniques, driver retesting, and occupational licensing.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


Other Authors

W. Allen Ames, Steven L. Micas

Last updated: February 8, 2024

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